Campus Crusade for Christ

Campus Crusade for Christ is a major religious right organization working to combat “secular humanism,” promote and defend “family values,” and “to implement their worldview to Christianize America (source). The organization was founded by Bill Bright who positioned Campus Crusade for Christ as a major behind-the-scenes player in the religious right with the organization having close working relationships with Christian Freedom Fund, Alliance Defense Fund, Moral Majority, the Christian Coalition, and the Council for National Policy. Bright aggressively campaigned to get corporate cash into the religious right movement, soliciting funding from Nelson Baker Hunt (silver markets), Wallace Johnson (Holiday Inn), and Richard DeVos (Amway). The organization now operates with an annual budget of more than $100 million. Campus Crusade for Christ, while founded in 1951, became well known in 1968 when it began organizing to support the Vietnam War and to hinder the antiwar movement. Since that time, the organization has spread around the world through the organization’s “saturation evangelism” and has taken stands against Communism and liberation theology (source). Campus Crusade for Christ has a presence in 91 countries and on over 1,000 college campuses.

Bright, who is now deceased, argued that the United States is a “Christian Nation” and that it holds a unique place in “God’s scheme to redeem a sinful world.” Blight supported the idea of changing the United States government to be based on Bible, arguing that Christians must “become actively involved in restoring every facet of society, including government, to the biblical values of our Founding Fathers” while advocating turning the nation over “to God from the top down, where our laws are made” in order to enact “permanent change (source).”

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